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1 – Fresh produce and vegetables. Locally grown and organic is the norm. There’s mass produced stuff at the supermarket of course but you can still find a lot of locally grown produce and it’s cheap. 2 – Haystacks. They don’t roll them in machines. Stacking Hay In Breb 3 – People are kind and welcoming. 4 – Brânză de burduf. 5 – Castles and Fortresses. Rasnov Citadel 6 – Maramures. 7 – Transylvania. 8 – The Carpathians. 9 – It’s easy to hitchhike. 10 – Young and progressive people. 11 – Sarmarle. Sarmale 12 – The beer is cheaper than water. 13 – The LEI. 14 – The picturesque cities. Timisoara Romania, Piata Unirii 15 – Harghita County. Farm House On Green Rolling Hill Want to Travel More? 15 Things I Loved About Romania
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